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United Plating in CA - **DO NOT USE**

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by nailheadroadster, Jun 5, 2011.


  1. Yup, that was one of the names I heard they go by.
     
  2. McGuireV10
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 43

    McGuireV10
    Member
    from Jax,FL

    I'll just say that everything my friend posted at the start of this thread went down just as he said... although Juan and his wife Maria aren't really all that hard to find. I had their home address within a few minutes of looking. They have lived within about a mile of that UPS Store at several locations during the past few years. (The Rowland address shown below is old, they live in La Puente now; I'll stop short of posting their actual home address.)

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[FONT=&quot]FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES STATEMENT FILE[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]NO. 20100714488 FIRST FILING. The following[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]person(s) is (are) doing business as UNITED[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]PLATING, 18226 CAMINO BELLO #4, ROWLAND[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]HTS., CA 91748. The full name of registrant(s)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]is/are : MARIA D. TREMINIO, 18226 CAMINO[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]BELLO #4, ROWLAND HTS., CA 91748 This Business[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]is being conducted by, an individual.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Signed: Registrant has not yet begun to transact[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]business under the fictitious name or names[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]listed herein.. /s/: MARIA D. TREMINIO[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]This statement was filed with the County Clerk of[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]LOS ANGELES County on 5/25/2010. NOTICE: THIS[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]PRIOR TO THAT DATE. The filing of this statement[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]does not of itself authorize the use in this state of[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]a fictitious business name statement in violation[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]of the rights of another under federal, state, or[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]common law (see Section 14411et seq.,Business[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]and Professions Code). SANTA MONICA DAILY[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]PRESS to publish 6/14/2010, 6/21/2010,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]6/28/2010, 7/5/2010[/FONT]

    I don't personally put a lot of stock into those "post a gripe" websites as they're mostly trying to screw business owners into paying for arbitration services or the like, but in this case I have to agree, saving a few bucks is not worth the hassle.

    I'm still waiting for four parts. David called me over a week ago to tell me they were being shipped to me (and like nailheadroadster, that makes them about 3 months late) and they still haven't shown up.
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  3. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    Member
    from florida

    Qoute: Can anyone tell me the name of a REPUTABLE chrome shop near Florida? It's going to be difficult sending my parts to some place that is not within driving distance.
    _______________________________________________________________


    Try Gulf Plating in Ft. Lauderdale. I drove a bunch of parts over to them one week and the next week they called and said they were done. Very nice, deep plating and the price was reasonable. I will use them again.

    Can't say the same for Action Plating in Opa Locka, Fl. They plated some stuff for me and the roll bar wore down to copper in a short period of time. Some other stuff turned green after a few years.

    Don
     
  4. 31 5w
    Joined: Aug 6, 2010
    Posts: 78

    31 5w
    Member

    I think there is a place "spacecoast plating" That has good rep.
     
  5. Wow, that sucks.

    I know you don't want to have parts done outside of FL area, but we are here if you need us. You may be surprised how fixable the "beyond repair" parts are.



    It sounds like these two guys are brokers. They don't do ANY of the actual work and send it all to other shop(s) south of the border (got to keep the prices down.) If something goes wrong (bad plating, broken part, missing parts,) then there is no fixing it, because they don't care and they think you won't do anything substantial about it. They just make you wait long enough to finally beg for your parts back in any condition. All of a sudden, they are off the hook, as you are happy to have at least something back.
     

  6. Very true!
     
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    975 Aurora Road
    Melbourne, FL 32935-5968
    (321) 254-2880
     
  8. rainhater1
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,150

    rainhater1
    BANNED
    from az

    Go to Odgon plating in Utah, they pay shipping BOTH ways, had two bumbers done and they are great, low cost too. 124 18th Street
    Ogden, Utah 84401
    Phone: 801.394.9449
     
  9. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,613

    Nads
    Member
    from Hypocrisy

    What this man said, they're the best, utterly top notch work, in fact they refused to plate my welded together three piece, I had to beg them, they give in eventually , it looks great to me but wasn't up to their standards of straightness, they're over five years old and still look great.
     
  10. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,842

    Gman0046
    Member

    Regarding Bumper Boyz, I went to a large swap meet and bought some bumper guards from them that I was able to inspect prior to purchase. They held up great with no problems. That said, no way I would ever buy anything from them sight unseen. They have a piss poor reputation.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
  11. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,395

    40StudeDude
    Member

    Best plating I ever got...couldn't be happier with them...quality is excellent, price is reasonable...they have had booths at both GoodGuy's events and NSRA events.

    Have never dealt with ChromePlaterJosh altho I've read several Hambers on here that have and see good comments about him.

    If you'd like to see samples, go to my build thread: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=329070&highlight=the+best+55+caddy+build&page=16

    R-
     
  12. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,536

    Francisco Plumbero
    Member
    from il.

    Thank you for the heads up.
    Thank you for not posting a rant thread, you are a gentleman.
    Sorry that this bad situation happened to you.
    Good luck in finding replacement parts.
     
  13. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,276

    swissmike
    Member

    Another vote for Spacecoast Plating. They are awesome.
     
  14. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    jcmarz
    Member
    from Chino, Ca

    I have used Superior in Pomona and have been happy with their work. I have already spent $1.000 on chrome and I will dropping off some more parts next week
    49 Merc must have a loose nut.
     
  15. bingo.......sounds like them. first I have a hard time with platers at swapmeets and from another state to boot. Lastly be REAL, REAL careful choosing a chome plater in california with the laws here most good ones are gone. IF you do choose one here get LOTS of recommendations (and still be leary).

    Sorry about your loss of parts and time, you can try the legal system here (most likely they're pros at it).
     
  16. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 3,056

    BadLuck
    Member

    they have a good turn around time too.. usually 7 business days..
     
  17. nailheadroadster
    Joined: Jun 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,522

    nailheadroadster
    Member

    Thanks to everyone who has offer kind words. I am now looking into a "new" plater.
     
  18. HOLLYWOOD GRAHAM
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,398

    HOLLYWOOD GRAHAM
    Member
    from Ojai,Ca

    You want something chromed, go to a Chrome Shop. Do not go to swap meets for chrome. You might get what you pay for at a swap meet but you may not get anything at all.
     
  19. Fat Rich
    Joined: Jul 11, 2008
    Posts: 25

    Fat Rich
    Member
    from so. cal

    Nu-chrome in Fall River Ma. just as bad. Once they got your stuff getting if back is damm near impossible.
     
  20. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,199

    flamingokid
    Member

    Reputation is everything.And when someone goes around shopping for the best deal,keep in mind that it is a combination of price/quality/rep.Price alone is not a determiner for me.
     
  21. Rex Schimmer
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 743

    Rex Schimmer
    Member
    from Fulton, CA

    Looks to me like you should have done some research. Chrome platers in California are few and far between. There are no new chrome shops in California and because of the present laws there never will be. The few that exist have been in business for years and are grand fathered in, once they close it is another chrome shop gone. My bet is that these guys are getting their chrome done in Mexico, which explains the variable quality. If the address is not the address of the actual shop I would be very suspect. A little research up front, just asking the HAMB guys will get you a great list of real chrome shops, as you have seen, a little research will certainly reduce the number of headaches.

    Rex
     
  22. 54 Chevy
    Joined: Sep 4, 2010
    Posts: 358

    54 Chevy
    Member

    I spoke with United Plating aka Bumper Boys at Louisville a few years ago about replating my 54 chevy grill. They wanted 1500 to replate it which is what I have been quoted already so that did not suprise me. I ask to see a grill they had already done and he unwrapped a 54 grill that he had for a customer that he had plated and it was the worst plating I have seen. My grill with the orginal chrome looked 1000% better. I am going to use Advanced Plating out of Nashville TN. I have seen a lot of there work at car shows and they seem to be the best that I have found.
     
  23. McGuireV10
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 43

    McGuireV10
    Member
    from Jax,FL

    We haven't seen anything in our experiences with United Plating to suggest that Bumper Boyz are related. And in fact, one of the reasons we tried UP was that their plating that nailheadroadster bought was excellent quality work -- and we specifically compared it to BBoyz sub-par work.
     
  24. mvmbg
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 2

    mvmbg
    Member

    Does anyone know of reputable chromers in Nevada, Oregon or Arizona? California's pricing is out of this world!
     
  25. 123
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 280

    123
    Member
    from Seattle

  26. No_Respect
    Joined: Jul 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,169

    No_Respect
    Member
    from So-Cal

    I see bumper boys all the time at the swap meet I can see that their bumpers are not as good of quality as others due to having a goldish repletion. I never knew they were doing this type of shit I now just want to pistol whip them a few times.
     
  27. Tigerdriver1
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 2

    Tigerdriver1
    Member
    from oklahoma

    I'm new to this forum, but I wanted to let you know my experience with united plating and "Juan the bumper guy." I met him at a swap meet in Oklahoma and we talked about getting a set of bumpers for my 66 GTO. He quoted a price that was about the going rate, BUT he said he had a set back in his shop and could bring them to me on his next trip to Okla. in about 2 weeks. My local plating shops had quoted me a turn around time of 3 months to plate mine. I told Juan to call me when he came back to okla. and I would meet him and buy the bumpers. No call, nothing for 7 weeks. I called one day and the man who answered said Juan was in St Louis Mo and would be coming through okla in 9 hours and he could meet me and give me the bumpers. Strange huh, On the day I called Juan was coming to Okla. with my bumpers. I met him at a truck stop and he did not have my bumpers, but he wanted to take mine and would plate them and ship them back to me in about 2-3 weeks, and he wanted me to pay in advance. Stupid me, I did. In 3 weeks, nothing. I call, leave messages, no call, nothing. Finally get someone to answer, he said they came out with yellow spots and had to be redone. Would take awhile longer, 3 days tops. after a week i called and got no answer, left alot of messages. Nothing. Then 5 weeks, 2 days after Juan took my bumpers, they were delivered to my house by UPS. Perfect. They look great. Communication with these people sucks big time, but they do good work. It's a leap of faith I will never take again, but this time it worked. Whew. Buy from him if he has it in hand, but trying to call him and check on your stuff is almost impossible.
     
  28. evilhorde
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 8

    evilhorde
    Member

    I realize that it is far away from most of you that are posting in this thread but...
    I used to work at Victoria Plating 15 years ago (damn was it really that long ago?) and they always did good work and made sure you left satisfied. Flash forward 15 years (really 15?!?) and it is still the same guys working there, aside from me. I expect that they are still putting out the same quality. I am working in a different plating shop now but I have only positive things to say about them and their quality.
    http://www.victoriaplating.ca/
     
  29. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    eaglebeak
    Member

    Victoria Plating now sends bumpers to Vancouver to be plated.
    Where do you work now?
    Send me a PM.
    I'm in Cobble Hill.
     
  30. evilhorde
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 8

    evilhorde
    Member

    Actually, they have always sent bumpers to Vancouver. Their tanks aren't large enough to fit a bumper. They do everything else in-house. I should have said that before, but I didn't really want to write an ad for them. It didn't seem appropriate. I just wanted to throw another option out there.
     

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